SILCHAR, Sept 29 - At a time when a section of the citizens of Barak Valley are echoing demands to separate the valley from Assam, the Congress MP from Silchar, Susmita Dev has said that the Barak Valley needs a separate power distribution company to meeting the increasing demand for adequate supply of power before it is made a separate territory.
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating a digitally operated feeder line at the APDCL office located at Panpatty on Sunday, Susmita said, �The valley needs 140 MW of power now as compared to 110 MW in 2011. If we are to develop industries and improve our agricultural production, we need more power. India is the third largest producer of power and is famed to be a power surplus nation; it is the distribution of power which the major hurdle behind the slow pace of development, especially in this part of the country.�
She was quick to add that she will discuss with the State Power Minister Pallab Lochan Das on ways to improve the power scenario in the State.
Targeting the BJP on its promises particularly the Deen Dayal Upadhya Electrification Scheme, Susmita said that only installing electrical poles and high rhetorical commitments do not ensure supply of power. She said that consumers need to pay for consuming power since efficiency comes at a price. Susmita congratulated the APDCL officials for coming up with the new substation which will reduce errors on the feeder lines and ensure availability of power at proper voltage levels.